Published by Harper Collins on April 7th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT, Romance
Reading Challenges: #RockMyTBR Challenge Source: Purchased
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he's pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he's never met.
Incredibly funny and poignant, this twenty-first-century coming-of-age, coming out story—wrapped in a geek romance—is a knockout of a debut novel by Becky Albertalli.
Reaction upon finishing this book:
I buddy read this book together with Alexa from The Words Off The Page, and you guys should definitely check her out toooo. It was one of my first few times buddy-reading with someone, and its SIMON, so if you’re reading this book, go find a buddy because you will need to spazz. AND SQUEAL.
Simon and Blue makes one of the cuuuutest fictional couple that I’ve ever read about, and woah #relationshipgoals. I’ve heard so many things about this book, GREAT THINGS. And the hype really really got to me. I didn’t want this book to disappoint, and it did not! I was jumping and couldn’t sit still while reading this book because OMGOMGOMGJWHFAJFHKJASD.
I loooove how SimonVS started on a direct note, instead of pretty pretty introductions about the setting and the weather. It straightaway goes to the point where Simon was “blackmailed”, and I was immediately hooked. Simon was definitely the character in the spotlight. He was funny, dramatic, and so unlike the normal “gay” kid that others portrayed – ie. soft-spoken, girlish. This shows that not every unmanly guys are gay, and vice versa.
Simon had this caring nature that made me love him ten times more, in which he cared more about others than himself. I will not spoil this book for those who have not read it yet, but most of the reasons behind his actions were due to him thinking of others, instead of thinking for himself. ALSO, SIMON LOVES OREOS. HE GAVE A FREAKING OREO DIET, and you have to read it to know what he said.
My favorite scenes were definitely the email conversations between Simon and Blue. THOSE were damn cute, I wanted to squash all of them. SERIOUSLY. Sarcastic at times, I love how they made being gay into not that much of a huge deal. I mean, their only problem was coming out.
“Why is straight the default? Everyone should have to declare one way or another, and it shouldn’t be this big awkward thing whether you’re straight, gay, bi, or whatever. I’m just saying.”
Basically, that was Alexa’s reactions. I can’t really show you the rest because they contained spoilers, BUT WE LOVE THIS BOOK, AND YOU SHOULD READ IT TOOOO.